first animation i picked the words
G- God-(because am religious)
O- Oyster - (because i can't stand the taste of them)
D- Dance-( because i like to dance)
W- Wining- ( not good at it but i would like to win)
I- Idea- (some times i get a good idea)
N- New- (i like new tech)


  1. Interim Online Review 23/03/10

    Afternoon Godwin,

    After your initial block about your 2 words, you've developed a rather charming story to combine them; my only reservations are about the 'complexity' of your story; what with the shop, the child etc. It just feels as if there might a more succinct way to set up the situation in which the penny-farthing sneaks out to play - and then suffers the consequences;

    Could you do something like, in Act 1, set up the idea that the Penny-farthing always passes a hill that it never gets to experience; you show its rider taking the low path, not the high path. You show the penny-farthing looking longingly at the hill as he passes it, but its rider steers him onwards and away... this sets things up straight away and lets you get to the meat and potatoes of your story, which is the Penny-Farthing's joy-ride. You need to cut down your backstory, Godwin - trust me - and cut to the chase asap. Your character drawings are coming on nicely - but I suggest that you now storyboard the whole thing, so you can properly determine the challenge ahead of you. Remember all that you learned in Unit 4 - the use of 16:9 for filmic composition, the rule of thirds, a good variety of camera/or shots...

    also, for some lovely bicycle animation - see

    Notice how simple the environment is here - how graphical. Stunning.

    I hope you're continuing to meet with Tracey Ashmore re. your written assignment? Following this post there is some general guidance re. the proper relationship between your introduction and the main body of your essay,

  2. Use your introduction* to state clearly the investigative intention of your written assignment and the means by which you are going to support your discussion; for instance:

    ‘This essay will investigate the animated films of The Brothers Quay in relation to Freud’s theory of the Uncanny - with particular focus on Street of Crocodiles (1986) and The Comb (1990)…


    ‘The stop-motion animator, Ray Harryhausen is arguably the father of modern day cinematic fantasy. What follows is an investigation of his life and work in relation to the development of special effects…’

    Stylistically, it is often clarifying to begin with a key-note quote or bench mark statement that sets the scene for the discussion… for instance:

    ‘… the Brothers Quay's works are independent of any definable genre; indeed, the imitation of their unique style which can be observed in films of other animators are a complimentary gesture to the auteur style they have developed. Throughout their opus, a continuity can be observed - Quays' devotion to the marginal, the nobody and the unnoticed, elevated into the sublime…’ (Buchan: 1996)

    In her essay, Shifting Realities – The Brothers Quay – Between Live Action and Animation, Suzanne Buchan observes that other animators have imitated the unique style of the Brothers Quay. This investigation seeks to trace that influence by comparing their short 1986 film, Street of Crocodiles with Henry Selick’s Coraline (2009)…

    * If you can’t provide a succinct introduction for your discussion, chances are you’re not quite ready to write the essay. You need to make your argument clear – without one, you are submitting a ‘blancmange’.

    When referring to a film for the first time, always give proper title (with capital letters!), release date and director; after that, you can use title only. Please check spelling of film title – if it’s a made-up word, the spell check won’t know the difference!

    When referring to a person for the first time, use full name – after that, use surname only.

    You must use Harvard Method for quotations!

    Use footnotes for ‘additional’ information that is important or contextualizing but ‘outside’ of the main body of the essay.

    Please double-space your written assignments!

    You must provide a paper-copy at time of crit!

  3. thanks Phil.. it sounds better already.. ill get cracking after thursday